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After the Kiss Hardcover – May 4, 2010
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* "The poetry is richly allusive, with particular entries smartly and self-consciously modeled on poems by Pablo Neruda, Gertrude Stein, William Carlos Williams, and Wallace Stevens among others, and the imagery is often startling with an originality that exhales into a perfect aptness for the experience. This is more than simply a language-lover’s edition of traditional chick-lit fare, however; the back-and-forth interplay of perspectives calibrates the delicate edge between the poignant yearning for intimacy and the psychic need for separation, as Becca grows beyond a need to hold on to a love truly lost, and Camille lets go of the fear that’s driving her away from a love that might have a chance." --The Bulletin, starred review
"Vivid." --The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"A love of language, literature, and the city of Atlanta, where [McVoy] lives, pervades her sophomore novel, a thoughtfully wrought coming-of-age story....McVoy's prose is confident and adventurous....A fresh, observant story."
Top Customer Reviews
Terra Elan McVoy's striking second novel examines the power of one kiss and its many ramifications. After the Kiss alternates between the points of view of the two characters: Becca's perspective is told in many lovely, inventive, and diverse poems that are fun to read and showcase McVoy's talent nicely, while Camille's portions of the story are more emotionally grabbing. They are in second person, and she lacks capital letters. This style is unusual, but it embodies Camille's confusion and her detachment as a coping mechanism perfectly.
Though the girls have very few physical encounters throughout the book, their stories flow together seamlessly. Becca's new job, which forces her apart from Alec, helps her mature and the experiences she faces help her to obtain the confidence she needs to talk openly with her mother and plan for her future. In a world where everything is interchangeable--homes, schools, friends--Camille wanders around without any sort of purpose, but she finally learns to open up to others and slowly comes to the realization that goodbye for now doesn't necessarily mean goodbye forever.Read more ›
While Camille didn't know that she did anything wrong by kissing Alec, I was definitely pro-Becca. Camille seemed just too moody and brooding for me. But with Becca, I could really feel how much she loved Alec and the beginning and then her heartbreak in the middle and her growth at the end. Her story was just beautiful. And Alec--blah. While I feel he might really have been sorry at the end, I still feel like he was such a jerk to both girls. I have no tolerance for guys like that.
But overall, once I got over trying to understand how the story was written, I was totally engrossed in the story and really enjoyed it!
I am quite pleased with decision to read this novel, because I was looking for a light read that I could get through quickly. I have been reading some not so fluffy reads lately, and I truly needed a break. I feel like this read is perfect for the summer, even though the setting doesn't take place in the summer. It just gives me that vibe of being a summer read. ( Nothing to do with the fact that I read the novel out on my deck with the sun shining. pshh.)
One thing that intrigued me was the writing style that McVoy used throughout the novel. There were two character perspectives that she would flip between. The first one was Camille who was written in second person and did not follow the capitalization rules that we are all used to. The second character was Becca, whose voice was written in prose with the use of first person. I thought it would take me longer to grasp the two different styles, but there were only a few times that I had to go back to read a sentence or two over to understand what was going on. I know there are several books out there that have been written in prose, but I found it unique how this particular novel switched between the two contrasting styles.
My one pet peeve about the story line was how there was no confrontation between the two girls involved in the triangle.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Cool book about stuff. It's enjoyable. If you read this and like it you should read pure too it's good.Published on March 19, 2013 by Melody Baxter
This book was amazing. At first, I had a hard time following what was going on, because the story is told through two different characters, Camille, who writes in a diary form and... Read morePublished on December 30, 2012 by Elizabeth Anderson
Terra Elan McVoy gives any teenage girl looking for a stereotypical chick flick the perfect book; after the kiss. It changes between narratives, of Becca and Camille. Read morePublished on November 15, 2012 by Remi
This isn't Camille's first move to a new town, and it won't be her last. Her parents move her whenever a new job calls. Read morePublished on March 6, 2012 by Brittany Moore
This book does not follow a traditional narrative structure. Reading it is like reading a series of poetry for tweens. Read morePublished on February 20, 2012 by S. Thompson
It was very hard to keep the story straight, it jumped from poetry to an actual chapter to just a few paragraphs. Read morePublished on June 9, 2011 by Book Worm
Camille isn't impressed with her new town. It's nothing like her old town (or the one before that, or the one before that). Read morePublished on April 1, 2011 by Miss Print
Love triangles are not typically this well spoken. Camille is the typical new girl in town with a chip on her shoulder thanks to a not-so-wonderful guy in Chicago. Read morePublished on January 30, 2011 by Laura R.
...with most of the prior assessments of the book's overall value. The admixture of prose and poetry is creative, fresh, and very appealing. Read morePublished on July 6, 2010 by Entronaut